India coming into this series with great momentum and haven’t lost a single Test match this season. They would love to continue the extraordinary run and play like champions. On the other hand, Australia haven’t had the best of seasons, having lost to Sri Lanka and South Africa before finally winning against Pakistan. Australians are known for their brutality and dominance, however, currently they lack both as they are undergoing the process of rebuilding their team. Adam Voges, one of the most experienced players, retired with the second highest average in Test cricket. However, Australia’s records speak for them and the Kangaroos can never be taken lightly.
The MCA is all set to host its first ever test match with similar subcontinent conditions. The pitch might wear a bit from the 3rd day, favouring spinners. Whoever wins the toss would like to bat first.
Players to watch out for:
Sir Jadeja is one of those cricketers who has lived upto the hilarious title dedicated to him. He is one of the smartest creatures in the game and can produce blinders in all three departments of the game. He brings balance to the side and is go-to man for Captain Kohli. Jadeja can finish off overs without even breaking a sweat.
He was introduced as a bowler in the side and turned out to be one of the best batsmen in all three forms of cricket and also one of the better players of spin. He scored a hundred in the warm up game but his work is not limited to scoring runs as he needs to strategise properly to steer his team to victory.
Kohli would stick with the same side that played against Bangladesh. Ishant Sharma should forget whatever happened in the IPL auction, and focus on what lies ahead of him. Australia is still uncertain about its opening slot. Matt Renshaw had low scores of 10 and 11 in the warmup games and could make way for Usman Khwaja to pair up with David Warner. Apart from this, the team looks to be balanced with five batsmen, one all-rounder and four bowlers. India likely to make a change by bringing in Jayant Yadav in place of Bhuvaneswar Kumar as the pitch is dry and might favour spinners.
India (probable): 1 Murali Vijay, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 W. Saha (Wkt), 7 R. Ashwin, 8 Jayant Yadav, 9 Ravindra Jadeja, 10 Umesh Yadav, 11 Ishant Sharma
Australia(probable): 1 David Warner, 2 Usman Khwaja/Matt Renshaw, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Steve Smith (capt), 5 Peter Handscomb, 6 Matthew Wade (Wkt), 7 Mitchell Marsh, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Steve O’Keefee, 10 Josh Hazelwood, 11 Nathon Lyon
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